What can I do with my degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice?
Criminology and Criminal Justice careers
These pages look at career areas related to Criminology and Criminal Justice, or careers which offer ways of using the skills gained by studying this subject.
Since Criminology can also be studied as a joint honours degree at Kent, you may also wish to look at the pages for the other half of your degree.
The occupations listed below are a selection of those which may interest Criminology and Criminal Justice students and graduates. Many of these occupations are open to graduates in any degree subject and a degree in Criminology or Criminal Justice is not often a specific requirement: however, the knowledge you have gained from your degree studies will obviously be highly relevant to these employers and will also help to show your interest in and commitment to the career.
Court reporters produce verbatim reports of court proceedings, using traditional shorthand techniques or stenotype machines. They may also work at public inquiries, court martials, tribunals and police interviews.
Job profile of a Court Reporter from the TARGET Jobs website
Criminal Intelligence Analyst
Criminal intelligence analysts collect and evaluate information which they use to analyse patterns of crime, build up a picture of criminal suspects and their activities to help solve crimes and prevent future crimes being committed.
Job profile of an Intelligence Analyst on the Prospects website
Job profile of a Criminal Intelligence Analyst on the National Careers Service website
Forensic accountants investigate fraud and other financial misrepresentation. Their work enables lawyers, insurance companies and other clients to resolve disputes.
A Career in Forensic Accounting from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
Police Officer and Police Support Roles
Police Officers work to make communities safer by maintaining the law and preventing crime.
Police forces employ civilian staff in a wide range of support roles, including communications, IT, administration, recruitment and finance.
Overview of police civilian support roles from bluelinejobs
Immigration, Customs and Border Roles
There are a variety of roles involving monitoring people, banned substances and other goods leaving and entering the country to ensure safety and security and to maintain the law.
Job profile of a Customs Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of an Immigration Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a Border Force Officer from the National Careers Service website
Prison Officers are responsible for maintaining security in prisons and supporting the rehabilitation of prisoners.
Probation Officers work with offenders and aim to reduce rates of re-offending and protect the public.
Job profile of a Probation Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Probation Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
How to become a probation officer from How2Become.com
On Probation blog, “the personal thoughts of an ordinary probation officer”
Scene of Crime Officer
Scene of crime officers (SOCOs) locate, record and recover evidence from crime scenes.
Job profile of a Scene of Crime Officer on the National Careers Service website
Job profile of a Scene of Crime Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Social Researchers could work for universities or research organisations such as think-tanks. Social research covers a wide range of topics including crime, housing, youth and community. Social Researchers manage research projects including collecting and analysing data and presenting the results.
Job profile of a Social Researcher from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Social Researcher from the TARGET Jobs website
Job profile of a Government Social Research Officer from the Prospects website
Job profile of a Government Research Officer from the TARGET Jobs website
Career profiles of researchers from the Social Research Association
Victim Care Officer
Providing help to people who have been victims of crime, including supporting them during court proceedings.
Job profile of a Victim Care Officer on the National Careers Service website
Youth Offending Team Officer
Working with young offenders with the aim of reducing rates of re-offending and supporting young people to achieve positive outcomes.
Job profile of a Youth Offending Team Officer from the National Careers Service website
Please note that some of these careers may require further study.
For further information on these careers, see also:
- I Want To Work In
- Information on types of jobs from Prospects
- Information on career sectors from TargetJobs
- What can I do with a Criminology Degree?